Cutbacks in consumers’ discretionary spending, driven by such price pressures as rising gasoline costs, increasingly are impacting the foodservice industry as cost-conscious diners limit their visits to restaurants in all segments, according to market research firm The NPD Group.Visits to restaurants per capita for the year ended this past May were down from a year ago, according to the data from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD. There were 207 visits per person to restaurants this year, ...

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